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Apr 1, 2009

Spurs reveal plans for new 58,000 seater stadium

Tottenham have revealed the latest plans for their new stadium - including the possibility of an ice rink outside the ground.

Spurs want to include a public square as part of the Northumberland Development Project, which would have space for community events such as a temporary rink or street markets.

The new plans also include a 150-room hotel and, inside the 58,000-capacity stadium, a design to seat spectators closer to the pitch.

Spurs skipper Robbie Keane said: ''Having the fans right up close, on the edge of the action, can lift the team on the day when it matters most and make the stadium a fortress.''

The full planning application is due in ''the next few months'' for the new ground adjacent to Spurs' current White Hart Lane home, with the club encouraged by the reaction so far of local residents.

Spurs' current White Hart Lane home holds just over 36,000 - but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is insistent that the club's fans will relish their new home.

"At the moment we have roughly 25,000 season tickets holders and we have a waiting list of over 22,000 and that was before plans for the new stadium so I am sure as soon as people can get seats in the new stadium there will be plenty of interest," he told Sky Sports News.

Levy also admitted that the current credit crunch does have its benefits as the building costs of the new project could be significantly reduced.

"In terms of construction costs one of the advantages at the moment is that the construction costs will come down compared to a couple of years ago but on the other hand, raising finances is more difficult," he continued.

He also insisted that the club are not running the project based on projections of appearing in European competition.

"We are running the project in that we have Premier League status, it is not based on European qualification," he stressed.

More financing is also likely to come from the naming rights of the stadium, which will be sold, but he suggested it was not essential.

"I don't think there is a principle funder, but naming rights will be important. But possibly so will be an equity issue, or bank finance, so it is hard to say what will be most significant," he said.

The latest plans will be revealed as part of a second public consultation, taking place from April 2 to 7.

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